Strong entries, strong winds for Cup
THE Port Douglas Yacht Club is well pleased with this year’s Mickey Ink Race Week.
There was a particularly strong contingent from Townsville that pushed entries to around the level hoped for, reflecting the marketing effort that has gone into that region by sponsor Mickey Dousset and club secretary Christie McDowall.
“They all had an awesome time and I believe they’ll all come back again next year,” said club manager Richard Stapleton.
The weather played its part too.
Strong winds around 30 knots for much of the week meant there was plenty of action on the water and spectacular sailing as yachts jousted for position and set their spinnakers.
“I don’t think anyone can complain about the weather, it’s been 20-25 knots all week, everyone had a fantastic time,” Rich said.
“In the 10 years I’ve been here this is probably the most suitable we’ve had for the regatta.
“About four years ago it was 0-5 knots. People were going crazy.”
The racing was close all week, in fact in most divisions the top places were up for grabs right until the end of rac- ing.
The winners of the four divisions:
Division 1 - Brava, skippered by Tony Moller
Division 2 - No Legends, skippered by Guy Carton
Division 3 - Barefoot, skippered by Wazza
Division 4 - Kaizen 2, skippered by Bruce Clarke
Running home, flying the big hankies